The deputy director of a zoo and his assistant were killed and partly eaten by four lions in an animal park in southern France on Sunday (12 January).
GV PAN Zoo entrance
MV Blood on ground
SV TRAVEL SHOT THROUGH Open pen
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Bloodstained sheet
MV Boot PAN TO GV Dead lion
SCU Zoo Director speaking
CU AND GV Dead lion and lioness (8 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: REPORTER: "Can you tell me how the accident occurred?"
M. MASQUEFA: "We are all upset at this sad accident, unfortunately we don't have any witnesses. The only thing is, M. Berne locked them up using the van, but this time didn't take the van which appeared not to be working. In fact it was all right. He did take a strong metal bar into the cage with him, without thinking, and one of the lions attacked him, according to this son's statement. The young boy, Jean-Louis, was in the kitchen when heard the man screaming. He rushed out but was not used to looking after the lions and when he tried to help the Director he met the same fate."
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THIS FILM INCLUDES AN INTERVIEW (IN FRENCH) WITH ZOO DIRECTOR, M. MASQUEFA.
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Background: The deputy director of a zoo and his assistant were killed and partly eaten by four lions in an animal park in southern France on Sunday (12 January).
The deputy director, Jean-Pierre Berne, entered the cage to drive the lions into the park where they roam freely. His 11-year-old son was outside the enclosures when the lions began to attack. Berne's 17-year-old assistant, Jean-Louis Rodrikuez, tried to assist Berne, but both were torn to pieces within seconds.
Other workers rushed to their aid and the lions, two males and two females, were shot dead.
The lions' regular keeper was away at the time of the attack and the deputy director apparently ignored the usual procedure of herding the lions out of their cage with a van.